I'm happy to publish the press release. I'm super excited about this! I think this is a great thing for the Seattle Startup community!
TechStars Expands to Seattle
announced today that it will launch a Seattle program in the fall of
2010, with Seattle-based entrepreneur and investor Andy Sack as
Executive Director. TechStars is a mentorship-driven, three-month-long
"startup boot camp" for software entrepreneurs that typically receives
hundreds of applications for 10 spots. The selected companies receive
up to $18,000 in seed funding, three months of intensive mentorship
from successful entrepreneurs and investors, and the opportunity to
pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the
Sack is already well-known on the local startup scene as co-founder and Managing Partner of Seattle-based seed fund Founders' Co-op,
guest lecturer in entrepreneurship at the University of Washington's
Foster School of Business, and host of the weekly tech meetup Seattle Open Coffee.
"We believe that TechStars can energize the startup
community in Seattle in a unique way," said Sack, who had previously
served as a TechStars mentor in Boulder and Boston. "Having
experienced it up close in Boulder and Boston, I am excited about
working closely with first-time entrepreneurs and involving the entire
community in building 10 new companies literally from the ground up,
many of which have the potential to change the technology landscape in
The leading venture investors in Seattle have
committed their support and also will act as mentors to TechStars in
Seattle, including Bezos Expeditions, Buerk Dale Victor, DFJ, Founder's
Co-op, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Maveron, OVP, Second
Avenue Partners, Trilogy Partners, WRF Capital, Voyager Capital, and
Vulcan Capital. Boulder-based venture capital firm Foundry Group, the
Director of The Center for Commercialization at the University of
Washington, and many prominent angel investors also have committed to
supporting the program financially and as mentors.
"It's incredible to see the support TechStars has
engendered from the venture and angel community in Seattle," said Greg
Gottesman, Managing Director of Madrona and a mentor for TechStars.
"So many key investors and entrepreneurs have raised their hands and
said we want to make this effort successful, and we're willing to put
our time and resources behind it. If community support is an indicator
of where this program is headed, we literally could not have had a
Mentors for TechStars Seattle include Alex Algard
(White Pages), Rich Barton (Zillow), Adam Brotman (Starbucks), Adam Doppelt (UrbanSpoon),
Marcelo Calbucci (Seattle 2.0), Chris DeVore (Founder’s Co-op), Geoff
Entress (Voyager), Michelle Goldberg (Ignition), Greg Gottesman, Steve Hall
(Vulcan), Steve Hirsch (Natural Village), Josh Hug (Shelfari), Ben Huh
(Cheezeburger Holdings), Nathan Kaiser (nPost), Glenn Kelman (Redfin),
Shane Kim (Microsoft), Dan Levitan (Maveron), Melinda Lewison
(Zefram/Bezos Expeditions), Andy Liu (BuddyTV), Ethan Lowry
(UrbanSpoon), Bill McAleer (Voyager), Jamie Miller (Blinkx), Josh
Petersen (43 Things), TA McCann (Gist), Patrick O'Donnell (UrbanSpoon),
Linden Rhoads (Center for Commercialization at the University of
Washington), Dave Schapell (TeachStreet), Jonathan Sposato (Picnik),
Katie Thompson (Trilogy), and many more. The full list of TechStars mentors for the Seattle program as well as the national mentor list are available on the TechStars website.
Applications for the Seattle program will open in May. You can learn more about TechStars at http://techstars.org.
TechStars was founded in 2007 by Boulder-based serial entrepreneur-turned-investor David Cohen and venture capitalist Brad Feld. TechStars has operated in Boulder for three years and in Boston for one year. Since inception, TechStars has supported 39 companies
and approximately 75% have subsequently received follow-on financing
from outside investors. Several companies that have emerged from
TechStars have already successfully exited to notable acquirers such as
AOL and Automattic (WordPress). The most recent batch of companies
resulted in seven VC-led follow-on funding rounds and three additional
angel-led rounds. TechStars companies attract the attention of
seed-stage investors nationally.